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Austin man sent to prison for sexual assault

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

A 30-year-old man received nearly three years in prison Friday for sexually abusing a young girl about a year ago in Austin.

Luis Garcia-Perez, of Austin, was sentenced in Mower District Court to a 39-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was accused of assaulting a 5-year-old girl multiple times in June 2006.

Garcia-Perez will serve two-thirds of the prison sentence, then be on supervised released. After completing his prison term, he will have an immigration issue to resolve, defense attorney Evan Larson told Judge Fred Wellmann.

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At the time of his arrest, Garcia-Perez had been working at Hormel Foods Corp. under the name Abel Garza with a different birth date than his own, according to the criminal complaint. He also allegedly had a bank card and Hormel insurance card with the Garza name in his wallet, the complaint says.

Garcia-Perez will have a 10-year conditional release period following his prison sentence.

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